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Michael C. LaBelle

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Edited by Trudie Knijn and Dorota Lepianka

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Nicholas Khoo

The success of China’s post-1978 reforms has provided it with significant resources to reshape its external environment. This book shows how China has leveraged this power from a neorealist perspective, projecting military and economic power to advance Chinese interests.
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Energy Cultures

Technology, Justice, and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe

Michael C. LaBelle

This thought-provoking book explores the concept of energy cultures as a means of understanding social and political relations and how energy injustices are created. Using Eastern Europe as an example, it examines the radical transition occurring as the region leaves behind the legacy of the Soviet Union, and the effects of the resulting power struggle between the energy cultures of Russia and the European Union.
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Nicholas Khoo

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Handbook of Parliamentary Studies

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures

Edited by Cyril Benoît and Olivier Rozenberg

This comprehensive Handbook takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of parliaments, offering novel insights into the key aspects of legislatures, legislative institutions and legislative politics. Connecting rich and diverse fields of inquiry, it illuminates how the study of parliaments has shaped a wider understanding surrounding politics and society over the past decades.
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Human Rights in Times of Transition

Liberal Democracies and Challenges of National Security

Edited by Kasey McCall-Smith, Andrea Birdsall and Elisenda Casanas Adam

This timely book explores the extent to which national security has affected the intersection between human rights and the exercise of state power. It examines how liberal democracies, long viewed as the proponents and protectors of human rights, have transformed their use of human rights on the global stage, externalizing their own internal agendas.
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Christopher Ball, John Creedy and Grant Scobie

The provision of long-term policy advice requires projections of government debt. Models have been widely produced to generate expenditures and tax revenues on the assumption that various age-specific rates and fiscal policy variables remain unchanged. As a result of population ageing, current policy settings in many countries lead to unsustainable levels of public debt. The present book is motivated by two limitations of the standard models. First, they seldom contain feedback effects arising from endogenous responses on the part of individuals and policy-makers. Second, the models seldom make an allowance for uncertainty, which creates the problem of whether, in the face of anticipated debt increases, tax rates should be increased earlier rather than delaying, and if so by how much? This book presents new modelling approaches to allow for feedbacks and uncertainty, and to analyse optimal policy. The modelling innovations can be applied to any country, but for illustrative purposes they are calibrated to examine the case of New Zealand.

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Nicholas Khoo

This chapter summarizes the main argument of the book. An outline of the chapters is also provided.

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Justice and Vulnerability in Europe

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Trudie Knijn and Dorota Lepianka

Justice and Vulnerability in Europe contributes to the understanding of justice in Europe from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. It shows that Europe is falling short of its ideals and justice-related ambitions by repeatedly failing its most vulnerable populations.